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  • Len in La Plagne, 19.11.17

    A couple of days of bright sunny weather, but very cold.  Super crisp ski-ing weather but no lifts open yet and the mountains looking at their best in a white blanket.  Started some short walks to help get aclimatized, then on Saturday, Paul and Melanie (Chalet Chanousia) arrived from the UK with my new skis on board.  Something about getting new skis and I felt like Christmas had come early!  We fitted the bindings on Sunday (very easy with the design, no experts needed and no drilling) and the Dynastar Legends are ready for the slopes.  To add a bit to the day, it started snowing in the afternoon while James, Dan the Chef, and the other early arrivals played a noisy game of Monopoly to relax before getting back to their painting and prep’ work on Monday.  Had planned to visit Tignes glacier after next weekend, but the forecast is for heavy snow to hit us, so I’ll probably stay in the Bon Coin warmth… Len

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  • Len arrives in La Plagne

    Armistice Day and I was on an early morning flight to Geneva where Dan, the chef of Bon Coin chalet met me for the 2 hour drive to La Plagne.  Very cloudy all the way and light snow was falling as we reached the bottom of the mountain.  We found “real” snow as we drove past the Olympic Bob Sleigh and into Plagne 1800.  From there the whole area was white and the snow became heavier as the evening came in.  Sunday morning woke to find about 12 inches of snow outside the door and snow still falling.  Very cold at present with a forecast of even colder to come.  Now I will be spending my time tyring to get ski fit before the lifts open and a starvation diet to help!  Can’t wait to try my new Dynastar Legend ski’s… Len

     

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  • First Blog of the 2017/18 Season

    First Blog of the new ski season with the first winter snow now arriving.

    Am expecting a delivery of new Dynastar skis in a few days.  The all new Legend 84 all mountain ski.  Story is that they (a bit like the earlier Legend model that I ski’d on for years) are very good in bumps and also hold well on hardpack/icy pistes.  Later on, when I have had time to test them, I will give my report.  In the meantime, we can suppy at 25% discount off the normal £550 price tag including Look bindings with lengths ranging from 156cm to 184cm.  For lazy skiers like me it’s good to know that they can be used on the short side (approx. eyebrow level).  Contact me by email… [email protected]  Can’t wait for December, Len

     

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  • Last Blog of the season – Len Silver

    For my final Blog of the season here on Saturday March 25th.  Woke to fine bright sunshine so my daughter Jackie, and I couldn’t wait to get out on the well groomed slopes which gave us, as a starter, some very smooth and agreeable ski-ing.  But when we tried to go high, we were thwarted because of very high winds, Roche De Mio and the Glacier closed and some of the lower lifts shutting down for short periods as the wind gusted.  Didn’t stop us cruising on excellent snow, groomed to perfection, on Verdon, Becoin and Blanchets, preparing us for our final visit to Monica’s for lunch where a few glasses of red set us up for Scrabble in the afternoon!  Evening snow expected, and a few flurries started in the afternoon, up to 35cm will please the new arrivals on Sunday.  Enjoy the rest of the season and I am home tomorrow to get set into my Speedway life for the Summer.  Good wishes to all… Len

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  • Len in La Plagne – 20th March

    With my daughter, Jackie, grandson Tony and wife Beau arriving on Sunday, it was inevitable that I would be doing more ski-ing than in a “normal” week.  In bright sunshine today (Monday) we found some great snow off Roche de Mio, but the Inversens chair had a mechanical problem while we were on it, so the ride back up took more than half an hour!  Fortunately the sun was shining and we were just having an enforced sunbathing session!  The run back down via La Source turned out to be spectacularly good with Tony doing a lot of straight lining while Jackie and myself did put in a turn or two just to work up an appetite for lunch at Monica’s.  With the warm weather making the snow very soft and wet, we stuck to the North facing slopes in the afternoon, mostly on Verdon and I surprised myself by thoroughly enjoying the conditions albeit that it kept you, as it were, on your toes!  More of the same expected tomorrow, but after that most days are forecast for snow with a fairly big fall at the week-end.  Len

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